ST. MARY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An Arnaudville man admitted to authorities that he poisoned pig parts and spread them across the road to kill animals in the area.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 71-year-old Laurant W. Taylor killed several vultures, opossums and a coyote by leaving poisoned pig parts along Mike LeBlanc Road in St. Martin Parish.
Agents investigated Taylor after receiving a complaint about dead birds that appeared to be poisoned along Mike LeBlanc Road. While investigating, agents noticed the poisoned pig parts and located several dead vultures and opossums.
According to the LDWF, agents came into contact with Taylor while on the road and found out that he hunts and farms in the area. After investigating the evidence and learning that the pig parts were coated in the poison carbofuran, agents said they confronted Taylor and he admitted to lacing the pig parts to kill coyotes in the area. Agents said he also admitted to finding a removing a dead coyote he found near the poisoned pig parts.
Agents cited Taylor on May 6 for intentional concealment of wildlife, taking non-game birds illegally, taking non-game quadrupeds illegally and taking opossums illegally. Taylor could end up paying over $2,000 in fines and spend up to 330 days in jail. He also faces a total of $139.28 in civil restitution for the illegally killed animals.